DescriptionThe Woodlands is a heavily forested sanctuary just 32 miles north of Houston and its bustling metropolitan lifestyle. The town has close to 8,000 acres of dedicated green space, seven golf courses, 205 miles of trails for hikers and bicyclists and about 100 parks. Cool off at the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center (6535 Creekside Forest Dr.), which has a plunge pool, a two-story flume slide for tubing and a 500-foot lazy river.
Shoppers, take your pick of Market Street (9595 Six Pines Dr.), an outdoor mall whose shops include Kate Spade, Trina Turk and Z Gallerie as well as fine restaurants; or the enclosed Woodlands Mall (1201 Lake Woodlands Dr.) with standards including Brookstone, Gap and Pottery Barn along with anchors Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s and Nordstrom.
Musical entertainment can be had at the tented outdoor Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (2005 Lake Robbins Dr.) which presents concerts by the Houston Symphony and rock artists like Elton John and Lana Del Rey; phone (281) 364-3010. At Northshore Park (2505 Lake Woodlands Dr.), free evening concerts are held seasonally.